Doubts over Akhtar's latest comeback
Troubled fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar put yet another return to international cricket in doubt after failing to appear for a fitness test because he said his mother was ill.cricket Updated: Jul 16, 2009 15:24 IST
Troubled fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar put yet another return to international cricket in doubt after failing to appear for a fitness test because he said his mother was ill. "He was supposed to appear at the (fitness) trials in Lahore this week, but he informed us that his mother was ill and he could not come," interim chief selector Wasim Bari told the Associated Press on Thursday.
"We provided Akhtar an opportunity because we have to ensure he is fit for international cricket."
Bari was non commital when asked whether the paceman will be considered for the five-match, limited-overs series against Sri Lanka starting on July 31.
"I will be meeting with the newly-formed selection committee and will inform them of the current status of Akhtar," Bari said. The Pakistan Cricket Board has formed a seven-member selection committee which is headed by former test left-arm spinner Iqbal Qasim.
Bari fly to Sri Lanka on Saturday to discuss the combination of Pakistan's one-day squad with team management.
Pakistan is trails Sri Lanka 2-0 in the three-test series, with the third match starting in Colombo on July 20.
Last week Akhtar said he was fit for international cricket and wanted to play for at least three to four years more at the sport's highest level.
"There's still three to four good years left in me," Akhtar had said in a television interview on Express News.
The 33-year-old injury-prone speedster last played a test match against India in 2007 before he was sidelined for 14 months due to fitness and disciplinary problems.
He has made two unimpressive comebacks to international cricket this year, in one-day series against Sri Lanka and Australia, before he was ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup due to a skin ailment.